Swap-bot Time: October 14, 2019 11:42 am


Date Joined: April 26, 2012
Last Online: July 21, 2018
Birthday: October 15
Country: United States

About Me

I'm an offoff broadway theatre freelancer (SM/ASM/props/wardrobe) turned stay-at-home mom trying to keep from turning into a crazy shut in.

UPDATE: I've been In swap hiding. There has been too much travel going on in my offline life to sustain responsible swapping. (The crazy life of a tour wife!!!) Although I can find a mailbox anywhere on the road I don't want to be a rate flake when I'm far from my mailbox. Since my schedule's looking a little tamer I'm ready to get back to swapping.

My profile is in progress. It'll take me some time to craft a list of likes and dislikes that really makes for ideal swapping. ---{[EDIT: I said that at first because I was shy but now look how long this thing is!!!]}-- I am about the process of making, meeting a challenge and sending out things that will bring joy to the recipient. Plus my day becomes so much better when the mailbox isn't empty.

I want to use the limitations of swap criteria and the pressure of a deadline to narrow down the infinite universe of creative possibility in much the same way a school assignment or an opening night does. I want to feel connected to other people. And, of course, who doesn't like the excitement of the mailbox containing something other than bills and advertisements, something with YOUR name on it, especially when that something could be ANYTHING?

I'm fairly open-minded, hard to offend, easy to amuse and I can find the beauty in just about anything.

A word on Religion: I was raised Catholic. My husband was raised Mormon. What we believe currently is a really long and personal discussion.

Random fun Astrological Tidbit: My husband and my daughter are both gemini bunnies while I am a libra born in the Chinese year of the rat. I keep them in balance and that would probably make a really cool tattoo.

Speaking of the little one: She is three and a pre-homeschooler. Our days are full of Colors, Shapes, and Animals, Letters, Numbers, Nursery Rhymes, and Long Walks.

Currently My Hair Is: Short again. Natural dark brown. Still debating whether or not I want to color again. Maybe auburn maybe blue.

Now, without further ado, here are some likes & dislikes to feed your inspiration. This is meant to give you ideas on who I am and what brings me joy. It is by no means a list of demands:


LIKES: ooo sparkly (glitter, shimmer, mirrorball - I love it all. I am a magpie and will stop for a second look at broken glass on the sidewalk if the light catches it right)

glow-in-the-dark, glow-in-the-day (except neon orange, not so into that one)

spirals, hearts, stars, smiley faces, rainbows

myths, folklore, tall tales, legends and fairytales


small bits of fabric/fiber of all kinds, pretty paper (it's an interesting sensual texture pattern love thing - one of these days I'm just going to get up the nerve to spend that much on something so silly and buy myself a big fat fabric swatch book)

BEADS (OMG. Addicted. The only thing I'm avoiding in that department would be standard size solid color plastic pony beads b/c I'm already blissfully swimming in them and to have any more would be absurd.)


the look of really solid earthy stoneware type ceramics and really cartoonish polyclay

tiny things (we love making cute decorative scenes with all our little collected nature bits, miniatures and quarter machine people/critters. Plus it helps to keep the art portable since we theatre people tend to move a lot)

handmade, things that are a little imperfect/worn/mended, character even with age - wearing in vs. wearing out

keys which look like they open something interesting

the juxtaposition/intersection of light and dark

things with a good story to them, objects with a history (even if that story was totally made up. I'll go along with an elaborately outrageous lie well told. that said I do enjoy when the truth is stranger than fiction.)

medical/scientific/other diagrams, botanical prints

lamps, lanterns, fairylights, candles (I have romanticized ideas about lighting. Actually, I have romanticized ideas about a lot of things...)

I love thrift because I like to rescue the beautiful thing someone else thought was trash. I'm a big little kid so I love toy stores and science stores too. Also I'd probably love pretty much anything you could buy in a store that is selling or better yet burning incense on premises (non-smoke related- giant pot leaf banners aren't my style).

weird, strange, bizarre, unusual things/oddities

I'm fascinated by the customs, traditions, myths, languages, costumes and decorating styles of different cultures past, present and future.

ancient modern futuristic

east or west, north or south

queens and peasants,

the corseted, the bare,

travellers, mystics

hippies, ravers, burners

goths & gutter punks

It takes all kinds

DISLIKES: aspartame (artificial sweetener), black licorice, Mickey & Minnie Mouse, clowns (more of a meh, than a dislike. I'm not bothered by clowns, they're fun to work with IRL but I wouldn't go out of my way to have an image of one in my possession.)


batman to superman (see also: x-men)

pirates to ninjas (but it's a close call)

art nouveau to art deco

dark colored pearls to light colored pearls (they're so much more mysterious)

nail polish to lipstick (I don't do "full face" that often. However, on the rare occasions when I do wear make up it is totally over the top like deep plumberry lips or electric green glitter eyeshadow with a hot pink fun wig)

hook earrings to studs (straight posts just don't sit right in my ears)

pillows to be functional (As much as I love excessive ornamentation I'd rather have this particular cozy cuddly item be non-stabby.)

A word about COLOR:

Not much color preference. Not particularly fond of pastels. I trust your intuition as an artist to choose colors that go well together or let one amazing color stand on it's own, rainbows are awesome, black and white can be powerful. I approve of earth tones, color blocking, deep rich shades, bright electric hues, cool colors, hot colors, high contrast, monochrome and greyscale. Pick the palette that suits your project. I have faith in you. (NOTE: I've seen some ugly colors but I have never had a problem with ANY shade of blue)

My Collections

teeny tiny trinket boxes (my favorite thrift store find)

mateless earrings


ostentatious rings

epic kandi (wanna trade?)

postage stamps on which the cancellation mark has defaced the subject of the stamp in an amusing manner (ex. Lady Liberty with a black eye, George Washington with a mustache, sea turtle with Frida Kahlo eyebrows)

Favorite Music

generalizations: BROAD musical tastes, starting with a solid core of classic rock, followed by happy hardcore (not the early stuff with annoying squeaky vocals), UK hardcore, dnb, jungle, trance, breakbeat, electro, dirty house (ugh would you kids please calm down with the dubstep already!!!), some punk, some metal, some hiphop, some country, those really peppy oldies songs (think songs from Time Life's "The Teen Years" set), and a little bit of everything else just to round it out. I'm all about a good beat and poetic lyrics sung by vocalists who feel what they sing so hard I feel it too.

Rolling Stones The Beatles Janis Joplin Sublime The Cure The Who (esp. Tommy & Quadrophenia) Bob Dylan (esp. Blood On The Tracks) The Smiths The Pixies Violent Femmes Led Zepplin George Thorogood Alice Cooper David Bowie Lou Reed Leonard Cohen Tom Waits Ani DiFranco Tori Amos Jewel Regina Spektor Melissa Etheridge Concrete Blonde Black Sabbath Tracy Chapman Deb Talan Jethro Tull Queen Tom Petty O.A.R. Tool Dave Matthews Band Oasis Weezer Portishead Radiohead Dropkick Murphys Counting Crows The Hippos

We also like musicals in this house: Rocky Horror, Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat, Grease, Chess, Fosse, Moulin Rouge, Les Mis, Hello Dolly, My Fair Lady, Rent...

Here's a picture, wedding went like this:

bride's entrance song: David Bowie's "As The World Falls Down" (from Labyrinth)

couple's exit song: "Here I Am" (Demo, Ham, Justin Time - Ham's 205 remix)

first dance: Goldfinger cover of "More Today Than Yesterday"

Will update

Favorite Books

I like horror, sci-fi and fantasy. I lean towards authors with a crazy, irreverent &/or dark sense of humor. I read LOTS of non-fiction too.

Ray Bradbury's Short Stories Stephen King Slapstick by Kurt Vonnegut Lamb by Christopher Moore Shel Silverstein Neil Gaiman Poppy Z. Brite Dr. Seuss Chuck Palahniuk Charles Bukowski Sylvia Plath Edward Gorey Jhonen Vasquez Franz Kafka

O and let's not forget the children's books. I love story time.

The old version of The Real Mother Goose not the crap edited anniversary edition

Favorite TV & Movies

My tv isn't hooked up to receive network broadcast television but I do have Netflix on a Roku box and that queue is FULL

sci-fi and fantasy

foreign films (I've read a lot of movies)

forensics shows & police procedural dramas

horror/thriller movies (high production value or 3 guys with a steady-cam, spatter or atmospheric psychological thriller, new release or older than grandpa.)

documentaries (especially ones about artsy or strange people)

A few TV shows I've enjoyed: Firefly(!!!!), Dexter, House, CSI, Law & Order, The Tudors, Mythbusters, How It's Made, Avatar, Invader Zim, The Twilight Zone, Tales From the Crypt, Breaking Bad, Dr. Who

will update this too

Random POST/ADCARD Ramble

I like attention commanding, bold, stand out, strange, unusual, unexpected, quirky, sexy or hilarious images, &/or text. "Inappropriate" is ok. I find tourist cards can run the risk of being uninspired, poorly-composed photos with some bland desktop publishing text overlay. When choosing a photobase card try to avoid the cheapo-look tourist trap. If you want people to travel across the world to a location and preserve a memory of it forever why make it boring? Where's the local color? The world's biggest ball of twine? The people or wildlife? The unique view of breathtaking natural splendor or gorgeous cityscape that elevates the card from a half-hearted gesture to an invitation? and who said it had to be a photo in the first place? Typography, art, comix, cartoons all are welcome in my shoebox. Also, I have seen AMAZING things on those free/ad cards many swaps rule against. Don't be afraid to send something you think I might get a kick out of just because it was free. I have my party fliers and theatrical performance fliers all mixed in the same box as my post cards. If it looks really cool I will treasure it even if the other 999,999 that were put out into the world for that event ended up in the landfill after being swept off the ground by some clean-up crew. Ephemera of the future, kids. Collect yours today.

Favorite Crafts

Creative Things I Do:

beading!!! (if it can go on a string it probably will and I've been slowly branching out into wire)

fixing/re-mixing dated/broken jewelry (esp. awesomely awful gaudy costume stuff)

sewing (last project completed was a big fuzzy winter cape. current projects are a tweed cap and my first ever quilt)



novice knitting

Some Swaps I've Enjoyed Working On: dotee (just started but I'll probably make tons) ATCs (esp. challenge) zines zentangles themed parcels (esp. by color scheme) junk tidbits/bookpages

Odd Request(s) of the Moment to Help With the Fulfillment of My Current Crafty Dreams:

If you happen to have any paper punches it would be greatly appreciated if you used them on any random paper scrap to make me a few confetti flakes. I would like to try out working some into my small scale art.

I could also use a short (idk 2"-ish?) segment of gold colored trim (to use in making a tiny crown for a little figure my daughter has) UPDATE: Coronation has occurred for the wee royalty. Thank you, Cynlen!

In Summation...

Hopefully this WALLOFTEXT has been useful and/or amusing. If you have questions, comments, complaints, or suggestions PM me or, better yet, write me a letter. Have a superawesome day! PLUR :)


Comment: Thanks, great "o" to round out my collection as you said! :)
Response: You're welcome, as always. :)
agonysdecay rated for Blacklisted Scavenger Hunt #2 on Mar 1, 2013
Comment: Holy WOWIE shit Nichol! What a fang-tastic swap you sent! It is like Hexmas in March!!! I LOVE every single item you sent! You are VERY creative and I'll tell you something REALLY weird...I did something similar for the Frankenstein item except mine is in green and not the same address book!!! WEIRD! I think I am most interested in the racoon penis? LOLOL, I am rolling over here! I didn't think any penis's had actual bones! My most favorite is the mannequin hand:) I LOVE mannequins! I've always wanted those fangs, to see how they work as well. The bracelet fits, you didn't go to tight! I really love all your ideas and how you decorated the box!!! Thank you so much for everything, you made my day!!!
Response: Heehee. I could't have been assigned a better person to send to for this one. It's always nice to have some one "get" your twisted way of seeing things. Fond swap memories! Maybe I'll get back on here some day and we'll swap again...
fabricfriend rated for “15 Minute” ATC on Feb 8, 2013
Comment: sweet card and thanks or the fabric!
Response: You're welcome! :)
foxyfoxy rated for Surprise in a envelope.. on Feb 7, 2013
Comment: Thanks so much!
Response: You're welcome! :)
Comment: Thank you for the necklace and the nice bead and card. Very cute!
Response: You're welcome! :)
bnharrison rated for Surprise in a envelope.. on Jan 29, 2013
Comment: I love it! I love tea and I love the little bamboo bookmark. Thank you!
Response: You're welcome! :)
Comment: I am happy to report that all of the beads stayed on! Very pretty! Thank you!
Response: And I am happy to hear it! Glad you like 'em! You're welcome! :) (10)
Comment: Thank u so much luv the cards
Response: You are so very welcome. I'm glad you like them and wish you the best possible recovery. There is definitely a part of me that dreads the inevitable day I get hit by a bus or have a stroke or some other such incapacitating, devastating, unforeseen horror, not out of fear of physical pain but because of the potential for relentless rating wrath. Boy howdy a lady oughtta make sure she keeps her last will and testament up to date with all her swap info lest survivors carve "FLAKER" on her tombstone...
NurseJana rated for Decorate an envelope with YELLOW! on Jan 25, 2013
Comment: Beautiful! Thanks so much!
Response: You're welcome! I love how yellow can be such a happy color. :)
Comment: the beads were all intact, thank you!
Response: Woohoo over 60% bead success thus far! O and you're welcome (of course) (8)
Comment: Gorgeous work - none of the beads fell off either =) Well put together and love the colors. TYVMgv
Response: You're welcome and thank you for the wonderful comment. :D (7)
goodwin17 rated for I'm Black and Blue over you on Jan 22, 2013
Comment: Thank you for the great box of items. I've already torn into the dark chocolate! Thank you!!
Response: You're quite welcome! O I do so love putting together a good color theme and I'm glad this one was a success.
Comment: really pretty, delicate! love the B&W color combo!
Response: I'm glad you like it! Those teensy beads were wily but worth it. (6)
Comment: Thank you for the ATCs. They were packed well because all beads were intact!
Response: You're welcome and I'm so glad that my packaging idea seems to have worked! (5)
Comment: very cute! I wouldn't have the patience to do all that back ground work! And the beads stayed on! lol
Response: O boy O boy if there's one thing I can do it's the maddeningly repetitive (a touch of OCD, maybe? idk...) I'm glad you like it and yay for bead integrity! (4)
Comment: Thanks for the lovely ATCs... and no, the beads didn't fall off in transit. =)
Response: You're welcome and woohoo! (3)
Comment: Beautiful, and all the beads stayed on. Thanks for packaging it so well, and the great artwork.
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you like it. I was so worried about those teeny, delicate beads! (2)
Comment: Thank you!
Response: You're welcome! (1)
Comment: Thank you. Loved your Zentangle.
Response: You're welcome. I'm glad you like it and thanks for being so gracious about my formatting gaffe :)
Comment: Thank you for nice matchbox and cute little mermaid dotee!
Response: You're welcome! I had a lot of fun with this one (and learned a bit about patience too...lol)

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lsmahutchin on Oct 16, 2013:

Happy Birthday!
Happy Belated Birthday!

Deeno1105 on Nov 22, 2012:

Bandkh1 on Nov 3, 2012:

Hi Nichol I am your sending partner for the All Black ATC. I am posting today and just wanted to let you know that I have enclosed the ATC and accompanying letter inside a plastic baggie in the envelope just in case your letter box is water affected after all the horrible weather your part of the world has been having. I hope you are safe and dry but, just in case! I hope it arrives to you safe and sound and brings a smile to your face. Cheers, Barbara


ixykix on Jul 21, 2012:


lsmahutchin on Jun 27, 2012:

Hi Nichol!
Thankfully, it does get easier and easier or I wouldn't have survived that first year with twins! We're now getting into playgroups and playdates and I wish I would have done this more early-on. Hang in there and feel free to pm me anytime you need a pick-me-up! I have some great twin horror stories that can do the trick! LOL!

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